Qt Services of Plymouth and Supacat of Honiton have combined forces to develop the legendary Wildcat Dakar racer as a high performance vehicle for special forces to operate as a rapid intervention, strike, reconnaissance or border patrol vehicle.
'Never before has a UK-built existing motorsports vehicle been modified to perform a military role so this is an industry first.' said Dave Marsh, Managing Director of Qt Services, designer and manufacturer of the Wildcat.
Supacat designed and build the Jackal and Coyote high mobility vehicles currently in use by British forces in Afghanistan and has a great deal of expertise in this specialised field. The aim of the new project is to deliver a fully-integrated, military variant of the Wildcat 500DKR which is already tried and tested in the harsh environment of long distance desert racing.
Supacat will be responsible for militarising the Wildcat to fill a gap between small, low-cost, high-mobility platforms such as quad bikes and much heavier vehicles, including systems integration and volume production. A variety of lightweight armour solutions, weapons and communication systems will be developed according to each customer's specification. Jamie Clarke, Supacat's sales and marketing manager, said the two-seat vehicle is likely to be priced at about UK£250,000, including the fitting of a Kongsberg remote weapons station. Clarke said he 'expects the Middle East to be a prime market for a 2,580kg gross weight machine which, in its sports configuration, has a range of 2000 kilometres.
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